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#1- Me and my Filipina wife have been married for about 2 months. Should I list her maiden name (also the name on her passport) or her married name on top of the forms?

#2- What is the current filing fee need to bring when I have my initial interview?

#3 They are asking for my ex wife's birthday and I do not know it. Should I leave it blank or write a fictitious date. I have no way to contact her. I kind of think leaving it blank would throw off a red flag.

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1. You guys are married now so you have to use her married name

2 check the filing fee at uscis.gov

3. check your personal documents and Im pretty sure youll find her date of birth

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#1- Me and my Filipina wife have been married for about 2 months. Should I list her maiden name (also the name on her passport) or her married name on top of the forms?

#2- What is the current filing fee need to bring when I have my initial interview?

#3 They are asking for my ex wife's birthday and I do not know it. Should I leave it blank or write a fictitious date. I have no way to contact her. I kind of think leaving it blank would throw off a red flag.

Answers:

  1. The previous poster was not correct in saying "You guys are married now so you have to use her married name." It's a matter of personal choice whether or to change a name. Furthermore, and this is more important; if your wife is planning to use her married name and wants it on her Green Card, then she will need to obtain a new passport with the new name. The name on the visa will be matched to the name on the passport and the name on the Green Card will match the name on the Visa.
  2. The current I-130 filing fee can be found on http://www.uscis.gov;the current visa fee can be found on http://travel.state.gov - Additionally, all fees related to the visa will have been paid prior to the interview taking place; however, there may be a fee to be paid to have the passport returned after the interview. This will require a country specific answer.
  3. Leaving it blank will not raise a red flag, but may result in an RFE. You know what you know and you don't know what you don't know. If you are unable to locate your ex wife's birthdate in any documents you possess, then attach an explanation. DO NOT under any uncertain terms write a fictitious date, period, full stop.

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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